Buick Challenge

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The Buick Challenge was a golf tournament on the PGA Tour from 1970 to 2002. It was played at the Callaway Gardens Resort (Mountain View Course), Pine Mountain, Georgia, from 1991 to 2002 and at the Green Island Country Club in Columbus, Georgia, from 1970 to 1990. It was founded in 1970 as the Green Island Open Invitational but was known for most of its existence as the Southern Open. The purse for the 2002 tournament was $3,700,000, with $666,000 going to the winner.

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
Buick Challenge
2002 Jonathan Byrd  United States 261 −27 1 stroke United States David Toms
2001 Chris DiMarco  United States 267 −21 Playoff United States David Duval
2000 David Duval  United States 269 −19 2 strokes United States Jeff Maggert
Zimbabwe Nick Price
1999 David Toms  United States 271 −17 3 strokes Australia Stuart Appleby
1998 Steve Elkington (2)  Australia 267 −21 Playoff United States Fred Funk
1997 Davis Love III  United States 270 −18 Playoff United States Dan Forsman
1996 Michael Bradley  United States 134 −10 Playoff United States Fred Funk
United States Davis Love III
United States John Maginnes
United States Len Mattiace
1995 Fred Funk  United States 272 −16 1 stroke United States John Morse
United States Loren Roberts
Buick Southern Open
1994 Steve Elkington  Australia 200 −16 5 strokes Australia Steve Rintoul
1993 John Inman  United States 278 −10 Playoff United States Billy Andrade
United States Mark Brooks
United States Brad Bryant
United States Bob Estes
1992 Gary Hallberg  United States 206 −10 1 stroke United States Jim Gallagher, Jr.
1991 David Peoples  United States 276 −12 1 stroke United States Robert Gamez
1990 Kenny Knox  United States 265 −15 Playoff United States Jim Hallet
Southern Open
1989 Ted Schulz  United States 266 −14 1 stroke United States Jay Haas
United States Tim Simpson
1988 David Frost  South Africa 270 −10 Playoff United States Bob Tway
1987 Ken Brown  Scotland 266 −14 7 strokes South Africa David Frost
United States Mike Hulbert
United States Larry Mize
1986 Fred Wadsworth  United States 269 −11 2 strokes United States George Archer
United States John Cook
United States Tim Simpson
United States Jim Thorpe
1985 Tim Simpson  United States 264 −16 2 strokes United States Clarence Rose
1984 Hubert Green (2)  United States 265 −15 6 strokes United States Rex Caldwell
United States Scott Hoch
United States Corey Pavin
1983 Ronnie Black  United States 271 −9 Playoff Scotland Sam Torrance
1982 Bobby Clampett  United States 266 −14 2 strokes United States Hale Irwin
1981 J. C. Snead  United States 271 −9 Playoff United States Mike Sullivan
1980 Mike Sullivan  United States 269 −15 5 strokes United States Dave Eichelberger
United States Johnny Miller
1979 Ed Fiori  United States 274 −6 Playoff United States Tom Weiskopf
1978 Jerry Pate (2)  United States 269 −11 1 stroke United States Phil Hancock
1977 Jerry Pate  United States 266 −14 7 strokes United States Phil Hancock
United States Mac McLendon
United States Johnny Miller
United States Steve Taylor
1976 Mac McLendon  United States 274 −6 2 strokes United States Hubert Green
1975 Hubert Green  United States 264 −16 3 strokes United States John Schroeder
1974 Forrest Fezler  United States 271 −9 1 stroke Australia Bruce Crampton
United States J. C. Snead
1973 Gary Player  South Africa 270 −10 1 stroke United States Forrest Fezler
1972 DeWitt Weaver  United States 276 −4 Playoff United States Chuck Courtney
Southern Open Invitational
1971 Johnny Miller  United States 267 −13 5 strokes United States Deane Beman
Green Island Open Invitational
1970 Mason Rudolph  United States 274 −6 2 strokes United States Chris Blocker

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